In this walk, we will go out in search for London's brutalist masterpieces of the West London. Loved by some, loathed by others, the rugged urban fortresses we will be locating are excellent examples of the most influential architectural style of the 60s and the 70's that changed the landscape of our cities forever..
The discource about the future of brutalist landmarks is as stern and uncompromising as the very buildings it assesses : The ongoing struggle among local authorities, preservation societies, residents associations and royal patronage, can in some cases result in preserved or repurposed landmarks, but also quite often in their demolition and permanent loss. Preceptions about these strangely alluring monolithic structures has varied though the years, and where once brutalist buildings have been symbols of a futuristic outloook and a modern way of living, they have also gradually become symbols of urban decay and near totalitarian opression. So what does the future hold for these impressive concrete beasts ?
Breathtaking or Ugly ? Artistic or Bleak? You can now make up your own mind - just like us : by looking at them ! We will walk around London, visit a great number of sites, learn a bit about concrete and its historic and social significance, and spend time admiring them and photographing them at most dramatic angles.
Please note : this is intented to be a fun and different inner city walk, and not a lecture on architecture, history or sociology. It is certainly not an argument for or against brutalist aesthetics, and we will be seeing much more of London's landmarks rather than just (as Prince Charles once put it) piles of concrete. There will be plenty of time to stop, look, think, experience the fast pace of life in London as a laid - back spectator - and take loads of visually impressive photos of the London skyline.
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- Westminster Tube Station
- Ministry of Justice
- Park Tower Knightsbridge
- Hyde Park Barracks
- Embassy of Czechoslovakia
- Wellbeck Street Car Park
This is an 8km walk, and depending on pace and photo opportunities, it could easily last over 2 hours.